I thought I would share with you one of my favorite nights of the year….. Our Annual Service project for the Homeless “giving bags” I started organizing this event 3 years ago with the idea if a family could make 5 to 10 bags a family “what could a community come together and do?” “Well it Takes A Village”
Is a true statement! My first year I set a goal of 100 bags and made a list of items I felt would be helpful to people in need, created a Facebook event with my idea and the list of items and a start date for collecting items and a Assembly date . Letting them know I would provide Refreshments and treated it like a Holiday party!
Here is A sample of what I sent out on a Facebook event for this Year with a goal of 300 bags!
It’s our 3rd annual Homeless Giving bag service project assembling Night… We did 220 bags last year and I would love to do 300 this year!
For those of you that helped, donated and assembled … We deliver a large portion to the streets of salt lake and Ogden & then families take 5/6 bags and Handed out to Homeless in need ALL year! It was a great way to give back and help people in need on the Street!
Donations can be dropped off at my home…. NEED BY NOVEMBER 27th…..Here’s or list of Items were looking for….(Any amount is perfect you don’t have to get all 300 of an item) Please just comment what your getting and how many so we can keep track of what’s needed❤️ Assembly night will be December 3rd ( A Donation of time is wonderful too for assembly night!)
Xxlg zip bag 300 (Vandenberg’s provide)
Granola bars 600
Fruit snacks 600
Cup of noodle 300
Vit c 300
Tooth brushes 300
Tooth paste 300
Hand sanitizer 300
Cheese crackers 600
Mints roll 300
Hand warms 300
Any donation’s is wonderful to make this “give back” event wonderful!
As the items start arriving I keep track and keep adjusting our needs on the event page. As we get to the last week of donation deadline I put out a need on a regular Facebook post and other social media….. I feel blessed people always come through. People really do want to help and do care to help a good cause. We’re lucky to live in a great community of wonderful people who want to give back.
We started a family tradition with handing out our giving bags….We have a couple of other families go with us to Salt lake. We enjoy dinner at Cheesecake Factory, See the lights at Temple square and hand out bags with our families at a couple of shelters. It’s always an emotional night 1. there is so many in need you feel heartbroken 2. It really helps you count your blessings 3. It warms your heart to see peoples face when you give them a bag 4. Your children (any age) really love being apart of something so special.
You too can start a” Giving bag” service project start small 50 bags and ask your family, friends, neighbors and community members! You’ll be shocked how fast your bag items add up!
I am happy to answer any question you may have, just leave a comment below. OX, D’Arcy